Cookies are the small scripts that track and store your information when you visit a website. Websites can store your information and share it with third-party services without your knowledge.
However, all browsers have an option to disable, block and delete the stored cookies.
Keep in mind that if you are blocking the cookies on your web browser, you should be willing to let go of the benefits that the cookie bring in your browsing experience.
Let us look at the steps to disable third-party cookies for different browsers.
If you are a Google Chrome user, go to the Home icon on your browser on the top right of your screen.
Click on Settings here to open the settings page.
In the Settings page, press on Advanced to go to the Advanced settings.
In the Advanced settings, you will find an option for Site Settings. Click on it to view more options.
Under site settings, you will see permissions for various Cookies, Locations, Camera, Notifications, etc. Click on Cookies.
Under Cookies, you will find an option Allow sites to save and read data with a slider turned On. Click on it to turn the slider OFF.
Under cookies, you will find another option called Block third-party cookies, click on it to turn the slider ON, thus blocking the third-party cookies.
If you want to remove the cookies that have already been set on the browser, click on See all cookies and site data.
Here you can see all the saved cookies from different websites. Click on the Remove All to delete them.
To block third-party cookies, Microsoft Edge users need to click on the three-dotted option on the top right side of their browser and click on Settings from the drop-down list.
When you click Settings, you will be redirected to the Settings page with four option on the left side. Click on Privacy and Security.
Here you will find a section named Cookies, click on it to see a drop-down list.
From the drop-down list select Block all cookies or click Block only third-party cookies if you want to block only the third party cookies.
If you are a Firefox user, click on the Open Menu button on the top right of the browser to view a drop-down list.
From the drop-down list select Options.
In Options, go to Privacy and Security.
Here, under Browser Privacy you will find three options -Standard, Strict, and Custom.
Click on Custom, you will find an option for cookies. In the drop-down list of cookies, you have the option to block all cookies, all third-party cookies, cookies from unvisited websites, and third-party trackers.
Do note that blocking all cookies might lead some website to malfunction, you can opt just to block third-party cookies.
To block cookies on IE, go to the menu option at the top right corner and select Internet Options from the drop-down list.
In the Internet Options window, go to Privacy and select Advanced.
This will open the Advanced Privacy Settings, where you can block first-party and third-party cookies by checking the Block radio button.
Uncheck the Always allow session cookies box if you do not want to allow session cookies on your browser. But this will cause the websites you visit to malfunction.
Click OK to save all the settings changes made.
If your browser is Safari, click on Safari on your browser window and go to Preferences.
In the new window opened, go to the option Privacy and check the box Block all cookies.
You will get a pop-up notification to confirm this action. Click Block all.
You can now see that both the boxes have been checked, and this will block all the cookies in Safari.
These were the step by step guide to block cookies on Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Explorer, and Safari. In the wake of rising concerns of online privacy breaches, clearing and blocking browser cookies are one way to ensure your privacy when you are on the web. And as described in the article it really is easy to do in all of the major browsers.